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The Spokesman-Review Newspaper
Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Cougars players of the game

Game ball goes to…

Running back Gerard Wicks was not even on the depth chart for WSU’s previous game, against Idaho. But he started Saturday’s game against the Ducks and set a physical tone early, barreling for 22 yards on the Cougars’ first offensive play of the game. Wicks finished with 60 yards and two scores on 11 carries, and added 15 receiving yards. Though both of his backfield mates finished with more rushing yards, it was Wicks who led the attack.

Offensive player of the game…

Luke Falk threw for only one touchdown – less than he is accustomed – but he still threw a gem on Saturday. He completed 36 of 48 passes despite taking a number of shots down the field. Falk kept the WSU offense humming, converting on seven of 12 third-down attempts, and even rushing for a pair of first downs himself.

Defensive player of the game…

Hercules Mata’afa single-handledly brought the Cougar pass rush back, sacking Dakota Prukop in the end zone for a safety and collecting 3.5 tackles for loss. Star Oregon running back Royce Freeman was held in check except for one long run, and Mata’afa was a big reason why.